Titled : “Le sentinelle della memoria : giocattoli di un’altra epoca” A private toys collection a free open to public in occasion of “Dialoghi sull’uomo 2016 festival” in Pistoia , just in her own palace – Palazzo dè Rossi – belonged to this young collector’s family : Paola dè Rossi, that was one of the most important family in Pistoia .
A toys exibition of another époque , as says the title , Paola dè Rossi born in 1919 in Shangai , she travelled a lot with her parents ( her father ,was born in Pistoia , was a diplomatic ) throughtout China & Siam until 1927 .
Paola dè Rossi was a very curious & anticonformist little girl who loved to play not just with classical dolls & paper dolls & precious chinese silk dresses dolls ! but even with original kind of toys such as a boat minature ,handmade , in rush in use in China since 300 b.c.
Her son , Patrizio Cecchi, carried on his mother’s passion adding more beautiful male toys included an old Pinocchio’s stunning collection , with very old pieces (as you can see from the list in the photo here)he became a great collector too.
The old palace located in the street that took its name – via dè Rossi – is so beautiful :you could see some picts of the courtyard & of the main hall with a modern art sculpture by the artist Roberto Barni from Pistoia.
Now this palace hosts the headquarter of Cassa di Risparmio di Pistoia e Pescia Foundation who restored this building some years ago in a very beautiful way & a permanent interesting art exibition with paintings & sculptures from different artists & different periods.
Pistoia is really a hidden gem with its palaces & stories to tell to visitors & locals too.